Scripture Verse

I John…was in the isle that is called Patmos. Revelation 1:9

Introduction

portrait
Edward Caswall
1814–1878
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Ni­co­las le Tour­neaux, in the Clu­ni­ac Bre­vi­a­ry, 1686 (Jus­su ty­ran­ni pro fi­de). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­thol­i­ca, 1849.

Music: Utrecht Ber­thold Tours, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
Saint John at Patmos
Diego R. de Silva Velázquez
1599–1660

Lyrics

An exile for the faith,
Of His incarnate Lord,
Beyond the stars, beyond all space,
His soul in vision soared.

There saw in glory Him
Who liveth, and was dead,
There Judah’s Lion, and the Lamb
That for our ransom bled.

There of the kingdom learned
The mysteries sublime;
How, sown in martyrs’ blood, the faith
Should spread from clime to clime.

Lord, give us grace, like him,
In Thee to live and die;
To spurn the fleeting things of earth,
And seek for joys on high.

Jesu, our risen Lord,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One
And Spirit evermore.